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Old 10-23-2020, 08:55 PM
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I bought a Donzi Zsf about 3 months ago. It is a 2006 with 600 hrs on the hull and engines. All of the options. What drew me to the boat is the dual purpose layout of the boat.....it is a center console, an express cruiser and a fishing boat all in one. Have had it out a few times and I think I really like the boat. Very solid ride in the rough water. I am coming from a 35 Marlin which I became really fond of. Only downside I have is that I am running 19p 4 blade Mercury vensura props and I am getting horrible fuel mileage. I am running Verado 275's with the 5.88 1.85 Lowers. With 2 people and 1/3 tank of fuel I run 53mph at 6200 on the outside and 6000 in the center. Does anyone else have a ZSF with the 275's? What performance are you getting? I was thinking of putting some Rev4's or some Enertia ECO's. Besides that, I am very pleased with my vessel and I wonder why this layout isnt more popular. Any of your ZSF owners have any comments, tips or info?

PS, Did I say that I really like this boat?
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You will probably want to go to Facebook to a couple of the Donzi forums there. Much more active and knowledgeable than what you will likely find here.

I have a 2006 Donzi 35zf but mine is loaded with triple Optimax's. That is very different than what you have so not very helpful. I love the boat though. It has a great ride and handles most any water a recreational boater/fisherman should find themselves in.
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Originally Posted by TURBORR View Post
I bought a Donzi Zsf about 3 months ago. It is a 2006 with 600 hrs on the hull and engines. All of the options. What drew me to the boat is the dual purpose layout of the boat.....it is a center console, an express cruiser and a fishing boat all in one. Have had it out a few times and I think I really like the boat. Very solid ride in the rough water. I am coming from a 35 Marlin which I became really fond of. Only downside I have is that I am running 19p 4 blade Mercury vensura props and I am getting horrible fuel mileage. I am running Verado 275's with the 5.88 1.85 Lowers. With 2 people and 1/3 tank of fuel I run 53mph at 6200 on the outside and 6000 in the center. Does anyone else have a ZSF with the 275's? What performance are you getting? I was thinking of putting some Rev4's or some Enertia ECO's. Besides that, I am very pleased with my vessel and I wonder why this layout isnt more popular. Any of your ZSF owners have any comments, tips or info?

PS, Did I say that I really like this boat?
ecos would be amazing on that boat. You will have to go down a bunch in pitch so hopefully you can turn them. Since you are at 6200 you have some rpm to spare. vensura props on a heavy boat donít make any sense but I have seen it a few times. They were the 4blade that was out that could turn RPM before the rev4 came out.
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ecos would be amazing on that boat. You will have to go down a bunch in pitch so hopefully you can turn them. Since you are at 6200 you have some rpm to spare. vensura props on a heavy boat donít make any sense but I have seen it a few times. They were the 4blade that was out that could turn RPM before the rev4 came out.
Thats exactly what I was thinking....Also, the lowers were changed from the 1.75 to the 1.85 5.44's. I am just hoping someone has done the same and I could get some guidance. Throwing $ at triple props each time isnt exactly the cheapest thing.
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Thats exactly what I was thinking....Also, the lowers were changed from the 1.75 to the 1.85 5.44's. I am just hoping someone has done the same and I could get some guidance. Throwing $ at triple props each time isnt exactly the cheapest thing.
not really a hard thing to figure. Call bblades and they can walk you through what you need. Can even rent props.
You can also play with a prop speed calc and plug in your numbers. Once you get those slip numbers you can put in the other prop figures and pitch and see what is possible.
I am thinking rev4 17 pitch will be a start.
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Originally Posted by TURBORR View Post
I bought a Donzi Zsf about 3 months ago. It is a 2006 with 600 hrs on the hull and engines. All of the options. What drew me to the boat is the dual purpose layout of the boat.....it is a center console, an express cruiser and a fishing boat all in one. Have had it out a few times and I think I really like the boat. Very solid ride in the rough water. I am coming from a 35 Marlin which I became really fond of. Only downside I have is that I am running 19p 4 blade Mercury vensura props and I am getting horrible fuel mileage. I am running Verado 275's with the 5.88 1.85 Lowers. With 2 people and 1/3 tank of fuel I run 53mph at 6200 on the outside and 6000 in the center. Does anyone else have a ZSF with the 275's? What performance are you getting? I was thinking of putting some Rev4's or some Enertia ECO's. Besides that, I am very pleased with my vessel and I wonder why this layout isnt more popular. Any of your ZSF owners have any comments, tips or info?

PS, Did I say that I really like this boat?
following this, had my 2008 38 ZSF a month
3 x 300 canít see any pitch on my props, due to a variety of issues, delays and COVID-19 ,
have 1 engine needs lift pump and float switch
so havenít run all 3 since sea trial
top was 51 at 5800 with a very dirty bottom
3 people, 250 gal fuel Iím expecting 55-56 at 6000-6200 with clean bottom, gotta find out the pitch when I get hauled for the repair and 100 he service 👍
Oh yeah, I love this boat! Multi purpose and a true walk around, canít wait to fish it

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Hey turbo did you buy the one in St Thomas?
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Yes thats the one.
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Originally Posted by turborr View Post
yes thats the one.
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Those props arenít your best bet. Theyíre small diameter. You need Rev4s or Bravos

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